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August 2015

August 2015

  • March 6, 2013 - December 31, 2015

    Animal Encounters at the Orpheum

    Wednesdays & FridaysCome learn about the Orpheum’s animals! The Orpheum Education Team will talk to visitors about our animals, followed by an animal feeding time. Participants will take a closer look at our aquatic turtles, land turtle, bearded dragons, and corn snake. 

    Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Location: 346 N. Neil St, Champaign , IL
  • July 1, 2014 - June 24, 2016

    Pogo Studio: Capturing the Sounds of the Champaign-Urbana Music Scene 1985-2014

    Pogo Studio was established in downtown Champaign, IL, in 1985 and quickly earned local, regional and national recognition for its finely crafted recordings and its owner’s easy-going nature.  The studio remained a fixture of the community’s music scene and a valuable resource for regional recording artists for nearly thirty years. 

    Time: (All day)
    Location: 236 Harding Band Building, Champaign, IL
  • October 27, 2014 - September 25, 2015

    Many Voices: The Great War in America's Songs

    When World War I began in 1914 the United States proclaimed that it would follow a policy of strict neutrality “in thought and deed,” and President Wilson firmly believed that peace was the only course of action needed to resolve the European conflict. Many Americans felt the same way, but as the war’s atrocities, both fictional and real, were publicized, some politicians and military leaders began to voice their support for military intervention.

    Time: (All day)
    Location: 236 Harding Band Bldg., 1103 South Sixth Street, Champaign, IL
  • February 11, 2015 - January 15, 2016

    The Red Cross: A Soldier’s Best Friend

    Clara Barton, who earned recognition as the “Angel of the Battlefield” for her humanitarian service during America’s Civil War, founded the American Red Cross in May 1881 as an associate relief organization of the International Committee of the Red Cross Organization.  However, unlike its international associate, the American Red Cross devoted most of its early service efforts to provide relief for those individuals from the United States affected by natural disasters, such as the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, and the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic.  During Americ

    Time: (All day)
    Location: 1103 South 6th Street, Urbana, IL
  • March 31, 2015 - December 31, 2015

    Orpheum Toddler Tuesday

    Every TuesdayCome join the fun with activities for toddlers that provide an opportunity to work on developing language, cognitive, and social skills.

    Time: 10:30 am - 11:30 am
    Location: 346 North Neil , Downtown Champaign , IL 61820, IL
  • May 6, 2015 - September 16, 2015

    Homer Farmer's Market

    Every Wednesday from May 6th to September 16th, 5-7pm, you can find fresh produce, homemade treats, and handmade items for sale in downtown Homer.  A great way to eat healthy and support your local growers.  If you would like to participate please contact Susan Forsyth in the evenings at 896-8004, or email her at

    Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Location: 500 E. Second St., Homer, IL
  • May 21, 2015 - September 3, 2015

    Patio Play

    Join us for Patio Play at Houlihan's Restaurant and Bar every Thursday through September 3. Enjoy the beautiful weather with dinner and live music from local performers on our patio. Patio Play will take place every Thursday from 6:30pm-8:30pm.

    Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Location: 1902 S 1st St, Champaign , IL
  • May 24, 2015 - August 30, 2015

    Sounds at Sunset

    Sundays from May 24 - August 30

    The Champaign Park District is coming to your neighborhood! This summer gather your friends, family, and neighbors as they host the Sounds of Sunset events throughout Champaign. Each events will include an array of activities such as live music, inflatables and more! Best of all – these events are free! Participants may bring lawn chairs and refreshments. 

    May 24: 6:30p-8p; Hessel Park; Big Bluestem String Band

    May 31:  6-8p; Robeson Park; Upshot

    Time: 6:30 pm
    Location: 1401 Grandview Drive, Champaign, IL
  • May 26, 2015 - October 27, 2015

    Downtown Champaign Land Connection Farmers Market

    Tuesdays from 4:00-7:00 p.m.

    The Land Connection Champaign Farmers’ Market provides an opportunity for Champaign-area residents to purchase locally-produced fruit, vegetables, dairy, and baked goods. The Market takes place every Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. through October 27 in Parking Lot M at 310-330 N. Neil, in Champaign, Illinois. Shoppers will have the chance to buy all kinds of great food in season from a variety of local producers. The Market also provides an opportunity for people to buy great locally-produced food during the work week.

    Time: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Location: Neil and Main, Champaign, IL
  • May 27, 2015 - September 16, 2015

    Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery Summer Farm Open House

    Wednesdays from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

    Want to visit the farm this summer? Can’t make the Saturday farmers’ markets and want to buy our cheese and gelato and some locally grown produce? Well, we have the solution for you. We host a farm open house-on-farm sale every Wednesday from 4 to 6:30 PM from mid May through early September. The first open house of 2015 is Wednesday, May 13th.

    Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Location: 4410 N. Lincoln Avenue, Champaign, IL
  • May 28, 2015 - October 22, 2015

    Sustainable Student Farmers Market

    Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Shop local produce grown right here at the University of Illinois. The Sustainable Student Farm is a small scale vegetable farm operated within the Crop Sciences Department. Shop fresh seasonal produce on the quad! 

    Time: 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
    Location: 1401 W. Green Street, Urbana, IL
  • June 1, 2015 - August 31, 2015

    Playscape Mondays

    Every Monday 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., June 1 through August 31

    Join us for Playscape Mondays, each Monday from June 1 to August 31! A naturalist will be on hand with exploratory tools and/or a live animal! Remember to dress to get dirty. FREE. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or

    Time: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
    Location: Natural Playscape, Homer, IL
  • June 13, 2015 - August 29, 2015

    Yoga in the Park

    Saturday at 9:00 a.m. — June 13-August 29 (excluding July 1)

    Come outside to experience the joy of yoga! Join the Urbana Park District, your community, and a variety of talented yoga instructors as we take to beautiful Meadowbrook Park for yoga in the open-air.

    Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am
    Location: Vine Street and Windsor Road, Urbana, IL
  • June 26, 2015 - August 28, 2015

    Summer Prairie Skies

    A live-narrated tour of the wonders of tonight's sky, accompanied by some of the legendary stories of the ancient sky. Find out what constellations and planets are visible tonight from your backyard in this traditional planetarium show. This show is updated seasonally and is intended for all ages. Admission is $5 adults, $4 students, seniors, and children under 12.

    Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Location: 2400 W. Bradley Ave., Champaign, IL
  • July 10, 2015 - April 29, 2016

    Transient Journeys: The Life and Music of Harry Partch

    Harry Partch (1901-1974) was a composer, music theorist, instrument maker, and performer whose vagabond nature inspired him to explore the musical roads less travelled by his contemporaries.

    Time: (All day)
    Location: 236 Harding Band Building, Champaign, IL
  • July 11, 2015 - July 16, 2016

    D.I.Y. Weekend Wizards

    Grab your wizard hat and bring a friend to make, create and collaborate on do-it-yourself art projects and science experiments every Saturday, 1-3 p.m.

    Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Location: 346 N. Neil St. , Champaign, IL
  • July 15, 2015 - October 31, 2015

    MAC 'n' Cheese

    The 11 members of Champaign County’s Museums at the Crossroads Consortium—often called MAC—invite you to have a “MAC ‘n’ Cheese” experience this summer. Joining in on the selfie phenomenon, MAC museums encourage visitors to take a picture of themselves in all of the museums between July 15 and October 31, 2015 and post them to their Facebook pages.

    Time: 8:30 am
  • August 7, 2015 - August 29, 2015


    Fridays & Saturdays, 8:00 p.m.

    The quest to comprehend the universe is an ancient one, beginning when our first ancestors looked up into the sky and wondered. "Odyssey" takes us on a personal voyage of discovery through the cosmos, from the legends and monuments of early sky watchers to an imaginary flight through the Solar System and our home galaxy, and into the very depths of space and time. Come . . .take a ride! Admission is $5 adults, $4 students, seniors, and children under 12.

    Time: 8:00 pm
    Location: 2400 W. Bradley Ave., Champaign, IL
  • August 8, 2015 - August 29, 2015

    Summer Used Book Sale

    The St. Joseph Township-Swearingen Memorial Library will be having a Summer Used Book Sale. The book sale will begin Monday, August 3rd and run until Thursday, August 27th during normal library hours. The books will not have a set price - make a donation of what you want to pay!

    There will be adult fiction, non-fiction, mysteries, science fiction, fantasy, horror, romance, adventure, biographies, crafts and cookbooks as well as children’s fiction, non-fiction picture books and picture books. There are DVDs, videos, audiobooks and large print books.

    Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Location: 201 N. Third, PO Box 259, St. Joseph, IL
  • August 18, 2015 - December 18, 2015

    Ed Ruscha in Series: A Rotating Exhibition of Books

    Ed Ruscha (b. 1937) is an American artist who has been based in Los Angeles since 1956. He is also heralded as one of the foremost innovators of contemporary artists’ books. The books he began making in the early 1960s bore little resemblance to the traditional handcrafted artist book, instead he experimented with books that were easily reproduced by machine and printed in multiple editions.

    Time: (All day)
    Location: 208 Architecture Building, 608 East Lorado Taft Drive, Champaign, IL
  • August 24, 2015 - September 19, 2015

    Parkland Art & Design Faculty Exhibition

    An annual showcase of art created by faculty, the exhibition runs through Sept. 19 and features sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, video, photography, metals, ceramics, and graphic design. Exhibiting faculty members include Louis Ballard, Chris Berti, Lisa Costello, Melinda McIntosh, Craig McMonigal, Laura O’Donnell, Kristina Reese, Denise Seif, Peggy Shaw, Tim Stiles, Joan Stolz, Matthew Watt, Kelly White, Liza Wynette, and Paul Young.

    Time: (All day)
    Location: 2400 W. Bradley Ave., Champaign, IL
  • August 27, 2015 - August 31, 2015

    The Friends of The Urbana Free Library Summer Book Sale

    Thursday, August 27 • 5:00 - 8:30 p.m. (members only)
    Friday & Saturday, August 28-29 • 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (regular-price sale)
    Sunday, August 30 • 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. (half-price sale)
    Monday, August 31 • 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (free giveaway)

    Time: (All day)
    Location: 210 West Green Street, Urbana, IL
  • August 27, 2015 - August 30, 2015

    Half Century of Progress

    The Half Century of Progress Show draws nearly 100,000 visitors and over 200 acres of cropland to be harvested and tilled during the show, with equipment from the earliest days of tractor power to the horsepower explosion of the 1970’s.

    Opening on Thursday, August 27, the event will offer field demonstrations, horse pulls, a Parade of Power, corn shelling, tractor pulls, corn husking demonstrations, hot air balloon rides, music and much more. Check out the complete schedule at

    Time: (All day)
    Location: 6 Aviation Center Dr., Rantoul, IL
  • August 27, 2015 - August 29, 2015

    Homer Krazee Daze

    Thursday Aug 27th
    5pm Brady's Amusements Rides open

    Friday Aug 28th 
    Vendors 4pm- 11pm (some may close at dusk)
    Boy Scout Troop 42 Pork Chop Sandwiches
    Beer Tent 4pm-1130pm
    Softball Tournament at Heritage Grade School 615pm
    Brady's Amusements Rides open 5pm
    Opera House Tour 6pm
    Live Music 5pm-11pm
    (5pm-8pm Heel Dragger )
    (830pm-11pm Nickel and Dimes)
    Garcia's Hot Air Ballon rides 630pm -830pm(aprox time)
    Opera House Tour 7pm
    50/50 Raffle drawing 10pm

    Time: (All day)
    Location: Main St., Homer, IL
  • August 28, 2015 - August 29, 2015

    Urbana Sweetcorn Festival

    Now in its 40th year, the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival is Champaign County’s largest free festival. Urbana’s signature summer event is a two-day celebration of food, live music, arts and crafts and of course———all the delicious, locally grown sweet corn you can eat. Taking place in the heart of downtown Urbana, the 2015 festival will run Friday, August 28 from 5 to 11 p.m. and Saturday, August 29 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

    Time: (All day)
    Urbana, IL
  • August 28, 2015 - August 29, 2015

    Sangamon River Music Festival


    5:00 pm - 10:00pm Carnival Rides, $20 Armbands

    5:00 pm - 11:00pm Booth Vendors & Food Court

    6:00 pm - 11:00pm Free Shuttle Rides across from IGA in grass area to  Festival

    5:00 pm - 11:30pm Lion's Club Beer Tent Opens

    6:00 pm - 6:15 pm National Anthem & Festival Welcome

  • August 30, 2015

    Bones For Life Workshop

    Wellness Through Movement Intelligence
    Bones For Life

    With Ann L. Chan, MEduc, MSW

    Bones for Life® (BFL) is a program created by senior Feldenkrais Method® Trainer Ruthy Alon as a natural movement based approach for improving bone health. You will learn and experience how to Move with Power and Confidence.

    In this workshop we will explore gentle movement exercises on the floor that stimulate your brain for good alignment, improve your posture, strengthens your muscles and protects your vulnerable joints.

    Time: 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
    Location: 212 South First Street, Champaign, IL
  • August 30, 2015

    Free Swing Lesson & Dance - Illini Swing Society's Fall Kickoff

    Free Swing Lesson & Social Dance!

    Do you like dancing or want to try something new? Then it's time to swing out at the Illini Swing Society's annual free event, the Fall Kickoff Dance on August 30th! No partner or special shoes are needed, just be ready to meet new people and learn a few fun steps.

    Time: 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
    Location: 1401 West Green Street, Urbana, IL

August 2015